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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

30 March 2012 1:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

With that in mind, and hot on the heels of our ten picks for actors on the rise yesterday, we've chosen ten actresses who, while yet to be household names, have wowed audiences and casting directors in recent years, and look like strong contenders to headline the big movies of the future. Check our picks our below, and weigh in with your own tips in the comment section. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Next ‘Twilight’? Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert to Lead ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Adaptation

7 February 2012 5:57 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Sometime around 2008, when The Twilight Saga was proving to be beyond bankable, bookstores were deluged with a bevy of Ya titles that all seemed hellbent on capturing the presumed magic of Stephenie Meyer’s series. As if some of their plotlines didn’t already sound interchangeable enough (magic, mythical creatures, forbidden love, weak characterization), most of their cover art looked oddly similar – which is why I can recall seeing the covers of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Caster Chronicles series, but never happened to pick them up to take a look. It looks like I might need to change that, at least if I want to stay current with my Ya-books-getting-turned-into-movies news. The first book in the five-book series is set for a big screen adaptation, thanks to Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment, and while Beautiful Creatures already got a major credibility bump when Viola Davis joined its cast last week, now »

- Kate Erbland

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Jack O'Connell & Alice Englert Land the Leads in 'Beautiful Creatures'

7 February 2012 4:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Not to be confused with the drama Beautiful Creatures from 2000, this project is an adaptation of another popular young adult book series titled Beautiful Creatures, written by Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl. Alcon Entertainment is developing at Warner Bros, and they've just announced their two leads who will star in the film, along with Viola Davis who was just cast last week. Jack O'Connell ("Skins", This is England, Harry Brown) and newcomer Alice Englert (The Water Diary) will star as the two teenage lovers - a local boy, and a "mysterious new girl who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town." Based on the first novel in the five-book Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures will be written and directed by Richard Lagravenese (Living Out Loud, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You). The coming of age story will start shooting in April in New Orleans. Jack O'Connell »

- Alex Billington

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